Workforce Magazine Announces 2018 Optimas Awards Finalists

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Workforce Magazine Announces 2018 Optimas Awards Finalists

Awards program recognizes creative HR initiatives that drive positive business outcomes

Chicago, July 31, 2018 — Workforce magazine has announced the finalists for its 2018 Optimas Awards, which recognize creative people management initiatives and human resources strategies that deliver measurable business results. 

“For 27 years, the Optimas Awards have been a source of ideas, direction and inspiration for human resources professionals faced with a challenging and constantly changing business environment,” said Rick Bell, editorial director for Workforce. “This year’s list of finalists represents a wide range of enterprises that have consciously made human resources a linchpin of continuous improvement, higher performance and positive business outcomes.”

In addition to conferring gold, silver and bronze Optimas Awards in 10 HR-related categories, the prestigious General Excellence Award will be given to a single visionary employer that “not only excels at responding to emerging workforce management issues but also uses proactive HR strategies to position the organization for future growth and success,” Bell said. 

The diverse enterprises named to this year’s list of Optimas Awards finalists are:

  • AAA Northern California, Nevada and Utah
  • AbbVie
  • AMB Group LLC
  • Antah Schindler Sdn Bhd
  • Arise Virtual Solutions
  • Banfield Pet Hospital
  • Bloomingdale’s
  • Cherokee County, Georgia, Board of Commissioners
  • Choptank Transport Inc.
  • Gas South
  • HR Acuity
  • LaSalle Network
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • NC Interactive LLC
  • Neymours Children’s Health System
  • O.C. Tanner
  • Panda Restaurant Group
  • Raytheon Co.
  • ReedTMS Logistics
  • Riverside Healthcare
  • Siemens Healthineers
  • SmartSimple Software Inc.
  • SSM Health
  • StratEx
  • TCS
  • Ultimate Software
  • United Nations Development Programme
  • University of Utah

Winners of the 2018 Workforce Optimas Awards will be announced in October, featured on and spotlighted in a special section of the November/December issue of Workforce magazine.

For more information about the Optimas Awards, please visit


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